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- No aspirin before surgery - it’ll make brusing and swelling worse.
- Especially before surgery, take shark cartilage, which helps with leukocyte formation, to fight infection.
- Especially before surgery, take vitamin C 1000 mg w/ bioflavanoids and rutin for tissue integrity.
- Especially before surgery, take vitamin E - only the natural stuff (the synthetic thins the blood) and not more than your surgeon recommends - taking too much can cause your scars to keloid (those thick, rope-like scars that stick out).
- Especially before and immediately after surgery, eat a nutritious, high-protein diet.
- Take button-down pyjamas and button-down shirts with you. You may not be able to get clothing up over your head after surgery, and you don’t want to be raising your arms like that for a while after surgery anyway - keep your elbows below shoulder height for at least a few weeks.
- The hardest thing after surgery, especially for the first few days, will likely be just getting up and down from beds or chairs or whatever. You use your chest muscles for more than you think, and while your muscles weren’t operated on, they’re still going to be sore - all the more so with the drains in immediately after surgery. Doing workouts to strengthen your abdominal muscles prior to surgery may help make that easier, but you can’t use your abs or your shoulders/arms without using your chest muscles at least a little. Don’t panic! You will, in all likelihood, be able to use the toilet without help, lift a glass of water or a forkful of food, and get in and out of bed. Just take it easy and be very gentle with yourself as you heal.
- Take some sort of “Wet Ones” or baby wipes so you can keep clean during the time before you’re allowed to shower again. Be careful of using them near the drain holes, though - people have got infections by getting too close. Try to get the flushable kind, which are less likely to contain alcohol or leave you feeling sticky.
- Get bendable straws in case you’re too sore to lift drinks the first couple of days.
- While you’re on antibiotics, eat plain yoghurt or take acidophilus tablets to prevent yeast infections (you don’t want those to happen).
- Have DVDs handy to keep yourself, and anyone taking care of you, entertained. Box sets of your favourite TV shows are ideal. When you’re recovering and on heavy-duty pain medication, you’re not likely to have the attention span for a two-hour film, but a 20-minute TV episode is perfect.
- Get a loaf of bread and eat a slice every time you take a pain pill, even if you’re not hungry or you just ate something else. The bread will help reduce or even eliminate nausea from the pain medication.
- Anaesthesia can take a long time to drain out of your body - up to a month or more, especially if you’re sensitive to it. While it’s draining from your body, it can cause significant depression. Talk to your doctor about getting a one-time prescription for antidepressants if this concerns you.
- If you have scars, once the surgical tape is off your scars, rub cocoa butter on them to help them fade. (That’s after you’ve used up whatever topical scar treatment your surgeon gave you, if any. You may be given a sample-size container of something like Kelocote or Mederma to start you off.)
- If you have scars, keep your scars out of the sun for a year to prevent keloiding. If you must go out in the sun bare-chested, put white medical tape over your scars - not even the strongest sunscreen can do the job.
Exciting new talent search for TV comedy scripts featuring transgender characters and/or themes.
Trans Comedy have joined forces with BBC writers room to launch The Trans Comedy Award: a talent search to encourage writers to promote a positive portrayal of Transgender people in mainstream comedy.
The Trans Comedy Award opens up an opportunity for the transgender community and members of the general public to portray transgender characters and the transgender experience in an affirming manner.
We are looking for original comedy sitcoms, comedy dramas or sketch shows featuring transgender characters and/or themes and written for television. An award of up to a maximum of £5000 will be shared between the selected writer(s) in order that they may develop a pilot or taster.
The Trans Comedy Award will be judged by Ian Critchley (BBC Head of Creative Resources), Jon Plowman (Executive Producer, BBC Comedy), Kate Rowland (BBC Creative Director of New Writing) and a comedy writer/actor (name to be announced).
This opportunity is open to any writer as long as the work submitted is not currently in development or under consideration for development and has not previously been produced by any broadcaster or production company.
Entries open from: Monday 14th January 2013 (coversheet & postal address will be available on our site from 11th January 2013)
Deadline for entries: 5pm, Thursday 28th February 2013
Selected writers notified: End of May 2013